What Is Tail Risk and Are You Taking Too Much Of It?
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When should you protect against rare, but extreme events? When should you self-insure? Under what circumstance should you sell tail risk protection to others?

Topics covered include:

  • How tail events differ from tail risk
  • Why volatility is not the best measure of risk for individuals
  • What does it cost to protect against large stock market losses
  • Why younger investors can take more risk due to their human capital
  • How does the profit wheel options strategy work
  • How the catastrophic power outage in Texas exemplifies tail risk
  • Why individuals need to build more reserves because the economic system is too efficient and vulnerable to breakdowns


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Show Notes

Average Weather in San Antonio Texas, United States—Weather Spark

Update on the CBOE BuyWrite and PutWrite Option Indexes, October 2018—Asset Consulting Group

The Texas Freeze: Why the Power Grid Failed Katherine Blunt and Russell Gold—The Wall Street Journal

His Lights Stayed on During Texas’ Storm. Now He Owes $16,752 by Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, and Ivan Penn—The New York Times

When More Is Not Better: Overcoming America’s Obsession with Economic Efficiency by Roger L. Martin

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